Because good research needs good data

Jisc Research Data Registry and Discovery Service: June Workshop

16 June 2014 |

*Please note: registration is now closed for this event. Please contact Laura Molloy with any enquiries: laura.molloy [at]*

Jisc, through the DCC, is developing a national service to help make UK research data more discoverable and more likely to be reused.  Please join us on Mon 16 June 2014 as we draw together the lessons from our first pilot phase, and before we launch the next two-year phase of activity.  We’d like to share what we have found so far with you, our user community, and gather your requirements and preferences for the next phase of work. 

In our initial six-month phase (Oct 2013 - March 2014), the DCC pilot has been examining the potential of ORCA, the software underpinning the ANDS research data registry and discovery service, to aggregate metadata relating to data collections or datasets held in UK research institutions and subject data centres. Our work ultimately aims to provide a coherent point of access to discoverable, searchable, browsable and actionable descriptions of given datasets and how to access them, and so showcase the wealth of UK research data. 

The service resulting from this pilot work will realise aims set out in the 2010 findings of the RLUK / RUGIT / Jisc UKRDS initiative and will be one of the benefits of the Jisc higher education subscription package.

Pilot work to date has been undertaken by the DCC and the UK Data Archive, working in collaboration with other RCUK data centres and a small group of universities with working data repositories.

This workshop will provide the opportunity to hear from the team on progress and challenges to date, and - crucially - to feed into the planning on the next phase through structured and focused discussion. 


From 10.00: Coffee and registration

10.30 - 10.45: Welcome (Kevin Ashley, Director, DCC)

10.45 - 12.30: Phase 1: Progress to date, and lessons learned (Updates from project team)

12.30 - 13.30: Lunch

13.30 - 15.00: What do we need and want from a research data discovery service? (Discussion groups: 2 x 45 mins sessions)

15.00 - 15.15: Coffee break

15.15 - 16.00: Reporting back and discussion

16.00 - 16.15: Wrap up

Costs and Registration

Participation is free - lunch and refreshments provided.

Registration closed at 5pm, Friday 6 June.  Please contact Laura Molloy with any enquiries: laura.molloy [at]